Dune walk (P.O.I.)

Trip Date: 8/28/2017 

Location: Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Permit/Pass: 

  • Day-use fee: $8 per vehicle; $4 for Utah seniors 62 and older. 
  • Camping fees: Main Campground: $20 per single site, $40 for double sites.

Trail maps: NA

Directions: Traveling west on West Center St. in Kanab, follow the road as it turns north and becomes US-89 North (also N 300 W). Continue driving north for 7.4 miles to a (signed for the park) left turn onto Hancock Rd. Head west for 9.4 miles on the gravel road before dead-ending at Coral Pink Sand Dunes Rd. Turn left and drive about two and a half miles to a left turn into the park entrance.

Synopsis: Coral Pink Sand Dunes is a beautiful little state park, and a walk through the dunes is a fine way to spend part of your day. Be aware that there may be ATVs in your area, and be sure to check out the collection of sand from all over the world in the visitor center.

Trail sequence: off-trail dune walk

Type: Balloon loop

Distance: 0.7 miles

Elevation: Min. - 5852', Max. - 5926'

Profile:

Rating: Easy (factors: heat, sand walking)

Notes: Heat is not only a consideration for overall comfort, it may affect your feet. I wore sandals on the day we visited, and the sand was so hot I could barely stand to have my feet sinking into the surface.

Track: Dune walk - Coral Pink Sand Dunes SP: AllTrails, GaiaGPS

Turn by Turn:

  -- From the parking area head up the paved walkway to the raised viewing deck. Check out the interpretive signs here and take in the scenery. Walking back off of the deck you can turn off the path into the sandy dune area. 

  -- For this walk I simply followed an obvious cleared path out into the middle of the largest dunes where there is also a flattened collection area, then circled back up onto a smaller sand ridge. Eventually I returned to my outbound route and retraced my steps to the paved access path.

[Note: there is a sort of interpretive path that one can take which is accessed part way up the walkway to the viewing deck. I missed this little trail, and it appears to have some botanical information scattered along the path.]

Photos: Flickr